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Good tips for first WC setup

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Topic says it all. Let's get started. I really want the setup to be as neat as possible, so I would like to get the Koolance EXOS-2 External WC in black to start things off. Its a lil pricey, but it does the job and looks very neat. All I would have to get in addition is waterblocks for CPU and GPU.

Anyone have any first time WC setup tips? I dont' know anyone personaly that has done WC, so all help would be appreciated. Thanks

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First off I think you can do much better then the Koolance kit, they look cool but for the money you can do much better....

If you just want a kit this is a excellent one that is on sale...It6's only weak point is the rad, and you could just use it to start and the get a new one later..........Swiftech H20-220-APEX ULTRA CPU Liquid Cooling Kit


CUSTOM............

Cpu block........ Petra's Tech Shop Swifty Apogee

This one is handmade by fstfrddy here on our forum and are many times better.The V-6.......... Stinger Waterblocks


Pump............. Danger Den :: Pumps :: DC Powered :: 12V DD-D5 Pump

Rad...This is the best one going right now....................... Danger Den :: Radiators :: Black Ice Series :: GTX Xtreme Series :: Black Ice GTX240
This is less expensive but doesn't cool as well. Use double's for both.............Danger Den :: Radiators :: Black Ice Series :: GTS Stealth Radiator :: X-Flow Stealth GTS 120 Black Ice

Res....... Danger Den :: Reservoirs :: Bay Style Reservoirs :: Danger Den Single 5 1/4" Bay Reservoir

Rad-Box..... Swiftech MCB-120 Black 120mm Radbox Kit

Tubing...Buy everything with 1/2 fittings and use this tubing on it.It's easier to work with and flows about as well.... Danger Den :: Tubing :: Tubing and Clamps :: 7/16" ID (5/8" OD) Masterkleer General Purpose Clear PVC Tubing

Clamps. Whatever or zip-ties.......

Fluid....This is what I use......Fluid XP EXT Extreme Non-Conductive Coolant - UV Midnight Blue 32oz.

Oh Yeah GPU...................Swiftech MCW60 Extreme Duty VGA Bare Water Block (3/8" and 1/2" barbs)
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The Koolance systems are too expensive for what you get. Ira-K has you covered with custom parts.
    
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Yea, it is expensive, but a foundation is paying for this entire computer and the price really is of no concern...thats why I choose it. If you really think about it, it really isnt' that expensive. The only this it doesnt' come with is tubing and a waterblock, everything else is already there and encased. I think the main reason for the cost is the built in screen, auto fan controller and temp sensors. I dont' know though, ill look into more WC kits. I did like this http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=373520. The only problem is moving the computer to LAN games and whatnot would be a bare...but, im sure it works very well with that huge dissipation area.

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Hey, If that's what you want go for it...If you plan on moving it around a lot an external would be better....
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Tip #1, if you want to buy a kit to experiment with, find something on ebay, and don't spend too much. You will likely be buying another to replace it, and it will be 10x the hassle at first to rebuild/rearrange your computer with a good water system. You computer will also be 3x as heavy. After a while its like a job, you relise taking your time with it is what kills you, and get good at basically ripping expensive things apart
    
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That Zalman coudl quite possibly have the worst pump I've ever seen, .5m head and only 300 L/h flow rate....... get rid of that thing!

Everyone I've talked to who's bought the Koolance is either A) disappointed in the temps compared to a good air cooler or B) replaces it with a custom setup within a month or two.

If you are looking for a water setup that is transportable, thermaltake made a kit that had the block, rad, and pump in a very small unit. It's not the best cooler but but from what you are after it may worth looking into. My opinion is, if you're using it for LAN parties, don't bother with water. Just get a decent air cooler and save the water for your main rig.
    
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